Learn more about Native American history by attending one of the many conferences and lectures this month that help reveal the ancient civilizations of the Americas:
May 25, 2:00 PM
“From Hunter Gatherers to Complex Chiefdoms: The Archaeology of Prehistoric Costa Rica”
George Maloof, III, Curator of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology
The modern territory known as Costa Rica has been inhabited for around 14,000 years, when the first people arrived on their way south, following the megafauna that they hunted. Thanks to the last 40 years of research, archaeologists, both foreign and local, have begun to document how society changed from the original hunter-gatherers to the complex chiefdoms that were encountered by Christopher Columbus when he came to this “Rich Coast” in 1504. Also discussed will be the coming of Mesoamerican immigrants from the area of Veracruz, Mexico to the Nicoya Peninsula and how their arrival affected the local and regional populations.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology
The one-story reddish-brown color building on the north side of Transmountain Road, adjacent to the National Border Patrol Museum. The two museums are the only buildings on the north side of Transmountain Road, west of Highway 54, surrounded by the Castner Range open space.
May 26-May 31
“Ancient Hands Around the World”
International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO)
Sponsored by American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA)
The International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO) will convene its International Rock Art Congress at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico . IFRAO is a consortium of more than fifty international rock art research associations, who explore the many facets of rock art – the study of prehistoric human-made markings found on stone in natural landscape settings. The local hosting organization is American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA).
The conference is open to all—professional archaeologists and interested avocationalists alike. In keeping with the international agenda established over the past years, the conference will offer four days of oral and poster presentations in sessions organized by topic, and Wednesday will be devoted to field trips for all attendees. Other special cultural events are planned throughout the week including evening lectures open to the public, dances by local Pueblo groups, social events and vendor offerings of rock art related merchandise. Opportunities to book extended field trips before and after the Congress will also be available. Official languages are English and Spanish.
Call for Papers abstracts deadline is July 1, 2012. More information: http://www.ifrao2013.org/call%20for%20papers.html
Marriott Pyramid North
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Courtesy Mike Ruggeri